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Personal Growth - Keynote Speakers

Beau Lotto

Beau Lotto helps businesses build great brands by creating a strong relationship with audiences through meaningful narratives. But what makes a narrative meaningful? Beau is the founder of Lottolab, a hybrid art studio and science lab, which researches human perception and how it underpins creativity and innovation. His ongoing research shines a new light on human nature and allows for businesses to discover the principles behind information, not just the information itself. Beau focuses first on asking good questions--the right questions, and then sets about uncovering the answer. "A GOOD question is where success lives," says Beau. By combining our collective expertise in design, engagement, neuroscience and behaviour we are better able to work with companies to create narratives that are truly meaningful to their audiences … and in doing so establish a sense of loyalty that wouldn't be possible otherwise.

Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Ashley Rhodes-Courter is the quintessential American success story. She spent almost ten years being shuttled between 14 homes, then graduated high school with high honors and a full scholarship. She was later selected by USA Today All-USA Academic Team, named one of Glamour Magazine’s Top 10 College Women, voted 2012 International Woman of the Year by St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce, and one of the four Golden BR!CK Award winners for outstanding advocacy for community change by Do Something. She is the New York Times and International Bestselling author of “Three Little Words. Ashley has turned her pain into power and she has a passion to share her story with those who have experienced adversity. Ashley strives to encourage education, compassion, community involvement, and positive outcomes for youth and families.

Liz Brunner

Award-winning journalist Liz Brunner is using her 25+ years of broadcast experience to help others build brands, businesses and relationships. Brunner's polished professionalism shines brightly in a crowd. Learn how to command attention with engaging conversation and an undeniable presence. Brunner is now recharging clients ranging from business leaders to on-air talent to professional athletes by helping them find their inner strength, stronger voice and confidence to lead. Her message and story are motivating and inspiring.

Deborah Gardner

A swimming champion turned author & competitive performance expert, Deborah Gardner works with hundreds of companies and organizations that want to streamline their goals with actionable takeaways that produce sustainable and measurable results. Better known by many Fortune 500 companies as the Pit Bull in a Skirt, Deborah is rising to international prominence with a captivating, entertaining and humorous sassy presentation style. With a lifetime of competitive experience, Deborah has a wealth of practice being a Marine Brat, an Olympic Trial swimmer, currently a 2-time National Sr. Games gold medalist, a ground-breaking leader as one of the first female broadcasters with CBS Sports and WHO-Sports Radio and a successful hospitality sales veteran.

Michael Hoffman

Michael helps people become #1 on purpose! He teaches individuals how to become a “person of influence,” by giving them the knowledge, tools and processes they need to enhance their own skill-sets during times of challenge and change. Michael also helps entire organizations shift toward a more customer-centric culture, by teaching people – employees and leaders alike - how to deliver the BEST services and experiences. He will leave your group energized, motivated, and ready to handle any given challenge and all “tornadoes” that come their way!

DeDe Murcer Moffett

Voted Favorite Speaker of Meeting Planners 2014 -Meetings & Conventions Magazine
DeDe is an enthusiastic larger-than-life speaker and trainer who grabs the hearts and minds of audiences through powerful content and high-energy Broadway-style entertainment. She is known as the “Snap Out of It Woman.” After overcoming 24 years of alcoholism and igniting the courage to breakthrough to success, DeDe is inspiring She inspires audiences to take personal responsibility, make lasting changes and ignite the courage to start living consciously applying their strengths and talent. In her keynote speech and training sessions, DeDe draws upon her extensive career in corporate sales and her in-depth research into breaking free of limiting habits that dull creativity, cripple drive and derail dreams. She then delivers a step-by-step methodology wrapped up in Broadway-caliber entertainment and do-it-now exercises.
Through fun and humor she shares the knowledge, emotional fuel and daily steps you must take if you want to unleash your best work, ignite massive creativity, do the unlikely, and keep going when life gets tough.

Croix Sather

The media calls Croix “Marathon Man” because of his astonishing accomplishments. His audiences call him “Remarkable” because of his inspirational life story. In just two years, Croix went from a non-runner to a 2X World Record Champion. First with a 2,621 mile Run Across America in just 100 days. Then he broke the world record in the world’s toughest race, running solo self-supported nonstop 146 miles though Death Valley, CA, the harshest and hottest environment on the planet. Croix is an internationally celebrated author and inspirational speaker in the field of personal transformation, business strategies, and the psychology of success. Croix has been on the prestigious stages of TEDx NYC and Las Vegas, fortune 50 corporations, and international associations. Croix has appeared in hundreds of television, radio, and newspaper articles, and hosted a radio show.

Tina Thomas

Dr. Thomas shares her biologically based theories that translate into success in everyday life including increased sales, higher employee retention and an overall healthier lifestyle. Dr. Thomas also helps people to develop a clear plan of action that accelerates their success and makes their dreams come true, whether they are looking to become the top salesperson in their company, increase their bottom line, improve professional and personal relationships or trying to make their first million dollars. Dr. Thomas holds a Ph.D. in biopsychology, is a licensed clinical social worker, a registered nurse and a TEDx speaker. Formerly the clinical director of the prestigious Tulane University’s Cancer Counseling Center and a research professor at Duke University, she is currently the Director of the Gestalt Institute and Relationship Center of New Orleans.

Jay Hewitt

Jay Hewitt will get you to your Finish Line. An elite Ironman triathlete, Jay is the only person with Type 1 diabetes to race for the U.S. National Triathlon Team. He balanced years of grueling physical triathlon training, racing and world travel, managing his blood sugar and hourly insulin dosage, and maintaining a demanding full-time law practice. In 2004, he began public speaking while racing and practicing law. After numerous engagements and repeated requests, he followed his passion and launched a full-time professional speaking career in 2011. His balance of work, life and pursuit of goals has taken remarkable focus and discipline, converting physical and mental challenges into motivation for success. That is exactly the message he shares with rapt audiences all over the world. Jay’s principles translate perfectly into life as well as business, inspiring improvement in everyone—from leadership and management to everyday employees, from athletes and non-athletes to students and adults.

Jeff Tobe

It is finally alright to color outside the lines! In Jeff Tobe’s innovation speeches you can find out how to be creatively inventive with problem solving, teambuilding, effective leadership, and enhancing customer experience. A Certified Speaking Professional, Jeff uses his dynamic and engaging talent as a keynotes speaker to help their organization work collectively to come up with imaginative ideas. Jeff inspires businesses to focus on the interactions rather than the transactions to help their employees connect better with customers and team members. Jeff motivates people to use every crayon in their box so that they can make their business one that is full of creative color.

Brené Brown

Dr. Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. Her groundbreaking research has been featured on PBS, NPR, CNN, The Katie Show, and Oprah Winfrey’s Super Soul Sunday. Brené is the author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the way we Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham, 2012). In Daring Greatly Brené dispels the cultural myth that vulnerability is weakness and argues that it is, in truth, our most accurate measure of courage. Fast Company Magazine named Daring Greatly one of the top ten business books of 2012. Brené’s 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability, is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks in the world, with over 9 million viewers.

Dan Sullivan

Dan Sullivan is co-founder and president of The Strategic Coach Inc. A visionary, an innovator, and a gifted conceptual thinker, Dan has over 25 years’ experience as a highly regarded speaker, consultant, strategic planner, and coach to entrepreneurial individuals and groups. Dan’s belief in and commitment to the power of the entrepreneur is evident in all areas of The Strategic Coach® and its successful coaching program, which works to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential in both their business and personal lives. He is author of The Great Crossover™, The 21st Century Agent™, Focusing Your Unique Ability®, How The Best Get Better®, How To Be A Global Thinker™, The Producer Group Future™, and Dan Sullivan’s 21st Century School. He is co-author with Paul Brooks of The Economic Citizens™.

Justin Constantine

A Marine officer, Justin deployed to Iraq in 2006. After surviving a gunshot wound to the head, he believes he now has a “second lease on life.” Six years and dozens of surgeries later, Justin is now a nationally renowned leader in the Wounded Warrior community. Based on his incredible story of survival, Justin offers inspiration for a more rewarding professional and personal life. Not only has he survived, but thrived, in conditions that few can truly understand. With high energy, courage and humor, Justin motivates and inspires audiences, helping them realize that no matter what obstacle they face, they can reach new heights of success, productivity and fulfillment. Justin serves on the Board of Directors of both the Wounded Warrior Project and the Give An Hour Foundation. He has received significant recognition from the White House, the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Washington Redskins and James Madison University. In 2012 the Virginia Legislature passed a commending resolution highlighting Justin’s continued support of veterans and other wounded warriors. Justin has also been featured in magazines and programs such as CNN, Fox News, Mens Health, the Huffington Post, and the Atlantic.

Mike Staver

The most courageous leaders look to Mike Staver for the inspiration and strategies they need to fight the battles they face. Mike Staver provides keynotes as well as coaching, consulting, and training programs that help every member of your team achieve amazing results. With a master’s degree in counseling psychology and a bachelor’s degree in business administration, he understands the importance of results and can assist your organization in the successful pursuit of its objectives. Michael’s commitment to his clients is evident in the content and delivery of his message. His message is centered on his fundamental belief that each person and every organization has the potential to achieve outstanding results. Michael has an uncanny ability to make the most complex ideas simple and memorable. His sense of humor, depth of knowledge, and caring attitude will keep your attendees engaged from start to finish.

Ryan Estis

Ryan Estis has more than 20 years of experience as a top-performing sales professional and leader. As the former chief strategy officer for the McCann Worldgroup advertising agency NAS, he brings a fresh perspective to business events. As a keynote speaker, Ryan is known for his innovative ideas on leading change, improving sales effectiveness and preparing for the future of work. He was recently recognized as one of “the best keynote speakers ever heard” by Meetings & Conventions magazine alongside Tony Robbins, Bill Gates, Colin Powell and Mike Ditka. Ryan delivers keynote speeches, courses and online learning with an emphasis on actionable content designed to elevate business performance. His curriculum emphasizes emerging trends influencing corporate culture, communication, collaboration, leadership, sales and brand experience. Ryan helps participants prepare to thrive in today’s ultra-competitive, hyper-connected business environment.

John La Puma

John La Puma MD, ChefMD is like Andy Weil crossed with Bourdain with a dollop of Emeril. He is the world’s biggest name in the culinary medicine space and is working on projects in food, aging, nature and wine. Something he believes: "Do. Or do not. There is no try." Dr. La Puma has given TEDMED and TEDx talks on culinary medicine, taught the first cooking and nutrition course in a U.S. medical school, wrote the New York Times best-selling ChefMD's Culinary Medicine book, and appeared on PBS and Lifetime TV weekly, cooking and shopping to teach and entertain you. His primary goal is the well-being of all people to live healthier, happier and fuller lives. John inspires and motivates audiences while giving them what they want… and need.

The Passing Zone

Take two guys with chainsaws. Put them in tights, throw in a Garden Weasel, and what do you get? Well, it’s kind of hard to explain. But they’re called The Passing Zone and they’ll amaze you. And make you laugh. The Passing Zone is made up of two hilarious men, Jon Wee and Owen Morse. These men act as springboards to launch your imagination, expand your perception and open new doors to possibilities. They choose juggling because it is the perfect metaphor to describe what people do in their work day and how they balance life's many demands. Some of their keynote addresses include: "Teamwork: The Power of Partnership", "Taking Risks: Learning from Mistakes", and "Achieving Goals: Steps to Success". Their programs are highly customizable.

Kyle Maynard

Kyle Maynard is a motivational speaker, author, entrepreneur and athlete. Despite being born with arms that end at the elbows and legs near the knees, Kyle’s wrestled for one of the best teams in the Southeast, set records in weightlifting, fought in mixed martial arts, and most recently became the first man to crawl on his own to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, which awarded him his 2nd ESPY for the Best Male Athlete with a Disability. His story has been featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Larry King Live, ESPN’s Sportscenter, HBO’s Real Sports, ABC's 20/20 and Good Morning America, and as a cover story in USA Today. He continues to inspire as the author of his book, No Excuses (2005), a New York Times bestseller.

Eileen McDargh

Eileen McDargh has helped organizations and individuals transform the life of their business and the business of their life through conversations that matter and connections that count. She draws upon practical business know-how, life experiences and years of consulting. She has worked with major national and international organizations that have ranged from global pharmaceuticals to the US Armed Forces, from health care associations to religious institutions. She is the author of many resiliency and leadership books including, Work for a Living & Still Be Free to Live, and Take Ain’t Cheap-It’s Priceless. Eileen offers proactive, concise, profound yet personal insights while interacting and entertaining audiences.

John O'Leary

Expected to die. John O’Leary now teaches others how to truly live. In 2008, John O’Leary began speaking about his personal life experience of being burned as a nine-year-old. His story, previously kept private, was showcased when his parents wrote a book to share with family and friends about their amazing journey of healing. This book led to organizations around the world requesting to hear first-hand from John how he defied the odds. A movement began. John, recognizing his calling to become a change agent of overcoming adversity, continues to ignite life – and the world around him - with possibility. His first book, On Fire: The 7 Choices to Ignite a Radically Inspired Life, will be published in March 2016. John is consistently given industry-defying gold stars across the board for his emotional storytelling, genuine humor and ability to empower his audiences to take back their lives and change their worlds. Given less than one percent chance to survive, John intimately illustrates how your greatest challenges can be transformed into outstanding growth.


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